Akron Zips (0-1) vs Point Park (2-1)
Saturday, November 13 • James A Rhodes Arena • Akron, Ohio • 7:00 p.m.
Akron Zips vs Point Park Pioneers Broadcast
TV/Video: Watch Free With Fubo TV
Radio: Akron Sports Network – Dave Skoczen (PxP), Joe Dunn (Analyst) – WHLO 640 AM (iHeart Radio)
Live Stats: GoZips.com/Schedule – Live Stats
The Akron Zips open the 2021-22 season at home against Point Park on Saturday, Nov. 13 at James A. Rhodes Arena in Akron, Ohio. Tip-off is scheduled for 7 p.m. as the Zips enter the 121st season and fifth under head coach John Groce at the JAR. Fans can follow the action on Akron Sports Radio Network on WHLO 640 AM with Dave Skoczen calling the action and Joe Dunn providing analysis or via live stats on GoZips.com.
The Akron-Point Park Series
Saturday’s game marks the first meeting in series history between the Zips and the Pioneers.
Scouting the Pioneers
Point Park enters the first-ever meeting with a 2-1 overall record under third-year head coach Joe Lewandowski. The Pioneers opened the season with a setback to Lawrence Tech (75-61) and recorded back-to-back wins over Penn State Shenango (93-80 and 95-70).
Point Park has two players scoring in double figures in points in Sherron Schifino and Jesse Calloway. Schifino is averaging 15 points per game, while shooting 40 percent from the floor (16-of-40) and 41.2 percent from deep (7-of-17). He is tied from behind the 3-point arc with Mihali Sfanos who has buried 7-of-13 trifectas at a 53.6 percent clip. Calloway follows in scoring, averaging 12 points a night. On the glass, 7-footer Jagshaanbir Singh Jhawar controls the boards with 13.7 rebounds per game, including 31 defensive boards and 10 offensive rebounds. He also recorded seven on the Pioneers’ 11 blocked shots on the season.
Defensively, Point Park limits its opponents to 75.0 points per game on 39.5 percent shooting from the floor and 22.4 percent from 3-point range, allowing 5.7 long distance strikes per night. The Pioneers caused 42 turnovers (14.0 to/g) with 27 steals (9.0 stl/g). Point Park outrebounds the opponent by a +10.3 margin. The opponents snagged 106 (35.3) total boards compared to the 137 (45.7) total rebounds secured.
Home Sweet Home
The Zips own a 429-131 (.766) all-time record at Rhodes Arena. In the last 16 seasons, Akron has posted a 223-35 (.866) record at the JAR. Under coach Groce Akron is 50-10 (.839) at home. Akron went 12-4 at Rhodes Arena in Groce’s first year as head coach and followed with a 14-3 effort. The Zips went 15-2 at home last year en route to the regular season MAC Championship.
Groce became the third Akron coach since 1940 to win his first six home games in the first season as head coach. The Zips rattled off seven straight wins at the JAR before falling in the MAC home opener to Buffalo. The Zips set the all-time longest home winning streak record at Rhodes Arena with 30 consecutive wins during the 2015-17 seasons, replacing the 26-game run the Zips made during the 1985-87 seasons under head coach Bob Huggins. The streak ranked No. 2 in the NCAA.
Starting the Season Off Right
The Zips are 74-47 (.612) all-time in season openers with a 60-12 (.829) home record and 14-35 (.292) on the road. Since the 2004-05, UA is 12-6 (.667) when opening the season, standing 9-1 (.875) at home, 3-5 (.375) on the road and 4-1 (.800) under head coach John Groce. In addition, Akron owns a 98-21 (.822) home-opening record and 33-4 (.888) at Rhodes Arena. The Zips have been winners in the last 18-of-19 home opening games. Akron is 18-8 in MAC openers, 10-1 at home since joining the league in 1992. Over the last 15 seasons, the Zips are 11-4 in MAC openers and 7-1 at home. Akron has won the last 7-of-8 MAC openers.
The Z-FUND and the University of Akron Athletics Department are proud to introduce a new men’s basketball gameday hospitality option for Z-FUND donors. The Z-FUND Courtside Club will be located behind the south baseline at all men’s basketball games this season. The Courtside Club will be accessible at no charge to all Z-FUND donors who have given $2,500 and above. Admittance will also be available to those below that threshold on a game-by-game basis by paying $20 per person at the entrance to the club. Amenities will include a full-service cash bar, light snacks, high-top pub style tables in an incredible location to catch all the action at James A. Rhodes Arena (JAR).